10 Reasons Why You Should Always Show Love
Showing love to those around you can feel awkward or uncomfortable, especially if they have not shown any love back to you in the past. However, there are many reasons why you should show love at all times, even if it feels weird or unnatural at first. Find out why showing love can benefit your relationships and the people around you and make it a habit to show love everyday! Here are ten reasons why you should always show love!
1) Because it makes your heart happy
Want to feel happy? Be nice. It turns out that acts of kindness—like showing love, smiling at strangers, or offering a helping hand to someone in need—may actually work as a natural antidepressant. In fact, according to Martin Seligman, one of psychology’s leading experts on happiness and well-being, kindness may be more powerful than most antidepressants when it comes to treating depression!
2) Because it reminds you of how great life can be
Whether you’re sitting on a sunny beach, or just sitting at home watching television with your family, it reminds you of how amazing life can be. It makes you feel like everything is right in the world, and no matter what problems come up that day, they don’t seem so big anymore. Take time to appreciate those who are important to you and let them know why they mean so much. Everyone loves to hear that their presence means something more than just being there for one another. Because it tells others that you care: When we show love to others, we tell them that we care about them. We all want to feel loved by our friends and family members, but sometimes we forget to tell them exactly how much they mean to us.
3) Because it helps strengthen relationships
No one wants to be in a relationship that’s filled with hostility and resentment. No one enjoys being in an environment where they feel disrespected and unappreciated. It doesn’t take much to show your love for others, especially those closest to you. All it takes is a smile, telling someone how much you appreciate them, giving them a hug or helping out with something they need done around their house. These small gestures of love can have a huge impact on your relationship with friends and family.
4) Because it creates opportunities for growth
It’s easy to put ourselves first. However, showing love and compassion to others, especially when they don’t necessarily deserve it, can open us up to a world of opportunities that we might not have experienced if we had gone another route. When you take time out of your day to help someone else who needs it, it opens you up to new experiences and relationships that you otherwise would not have had if you chose a different path. The more people you help, the more likely it is that they will be willing to help you when times get tough. Even better: showing love in some small way may end up giving back to yourself tenfold!
5) Because it shows you are a kind person
When you show someone love, it shows that you are a kind person who is willing to go out of your way to be there for someone else. When someone has just had a bad day or is going through hard times, showing them love can make them feel special and appreciated. If they have someone in their life who treats them with respect and always shows love, they will feel comfortable opening up to you more. This can lead to better conversations, which can lead to friendships and other beneficial relationships.
6) Because it creates mutual respect
We know that being able to count on others when you need them is one of life’s most important ingredients for happiness. One of our 10 principles at Zappos, after all, is create fun and a little weirdness. But if you really want to make a deep and lasting impression in your relationships—whether it’s with friends, family, colleagues or your significant other—the best thing you can do is show love through action.
7) Because loving yourself and others is mandatory
Loving others and loving yourself isn’t something that you get to decide. It is mandatory. If we can learn to love ourselves, then it will make loving others a lot easier. And if we love others, that helps us feel better about ourselves and makes it easier for other people to love us back. Since both things are so important, learning how to love yourself and others should be of high priority.
8) Because showing others love will ultimately bring you happiness
This can mean different things to different people, but for most people it means to be kind, generous and thoughtful. We need to show love for ourselves, for our family and friends, and even our enemies. The more we give love away, or express it in some way, that love comes back to us in ways we don’t expect. When you show someone else love, you never know when that person is going to return a favor by doing something nice for you or helping out a loved one. By showing others love, you are setting an example of how life should be lived: with kindness and generosity. By showing others love, you are also making their day better – which makes your day better as well!
9) Because you don’t need an excuse to show someone else some love
Everyone can use a little extra love in their life. Whether it’s a hug, encouraging words, or just showing them you care—the people in your life are always going to appreciate and cherish those gestures. No matter how busy or distracted you might be, be sure to show some love every now and then. Don’t wait for special occasions or holidays; go ahead and give them a call if you know they’re having a bad day or say hi when you see them around town. Your small acts of kindness will make a big difference in their lives.
On days when you don’t feel like being nice: When we’re feeling down, cranky, or stressed out—it can be hard to muster up any sort of positivity toward others. But that doesn’t mean we should stop trying!
10) The more you give, the more you get back in return
Research shows that giving to others, in terms of your time, money or resources, actually helps you increase happiness and improve your life. Rather than focusing on how much you have (or don’t have), shift your focus to how you can help someone else out—and watch how it positively affects both parties. After all, if helping others makes us happy and contributes to our well-being, why wouldn’t we want to spread love?